Restoration Ecology Network (UW-REN)
Capstone Course




Winter 2010
Professors: Kern Ewing, Jim Fridley, Buck Banks & Warren Gold
TA: Rodney Pond

Time: Fridays
1/8, 15 & 29 - Entire class meeting 1-3PM
1/22 & 3/5 - Scheduled half-hour team/instructor meetings 1230-330PM
2/5 & 6 - Scheduled one hour team/instructor meetings
2/12 & 26 - No meetings or class

Team Meeting Schedule:
1230 - PC oaks
100 - Cotton Hill
130 - Earth Sanctuary
200 - Madrona Woods
230 - Island Grove
300 - Yesler Creek
330 - MV Green Alleys

Location: Meetings will be held in Douglas Classroom at UWBG/CUH directions map

UW tax ID #s for donation letters: federal tax ID: 91-6001537, state tax ID: 178-019-988



January 8

winter quarter intro
planting design workshop




January 15

soil, plant installation, amendments & mulches



January 22

team/instructor meetings


meeting times
1230-pierce oaks
1 - cotton hill
130 - earth sanc
2 - madrona
230 - island grove
3 - yesler

330 -MV green alleys


planting &
budget plan due


January 29

volunteer recruitment & management



February 5

team/instructor meetings (1 hr)


meeting times
1230-pierce oaks
130 - cotton hill
230 - earth sanc



February 6

team/instructor meetings (1 hr)



1000 - madrona
1100 - island grove
1200 - yesler

100 -MV green alleys


February 12

no class






February 19

benchmarks & preformance standards




February 26

no class





March 5

instructor/team meetings to review work plan


meeting times
1230-pierce oaks
1 - cotton hill
130 - earth sanc
2 - madrona
230 - island grove
3 - yesler
330 -MV green alleys


project partner approval of work plan due


March 12

peer & course evaluations
last class of quarter



benchmarking exercise due

Technical writing
General resources
Warren Gold's Web Resources
Warren has a list of restoration resources. Check it out.
King Conservation District
Hosts a yearly bare root plant sale and has extensive information on natural resource conservation; plants, soils, wildlife and more
Restoration Guidebooks

Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife Stream Habitat Restoration Guide - 2004

Massive. Chock full of appendices on all manner of technical details. Fear it, love it!

Invasive Control
KC Noxious weed best management practices
technical advice on invasive control by species!
Plant community references
Plant associations of the Washington's Puget Trough Ecoregion
Describes in detail the natural plant associations of lowland Puget Sound - excellent for finding a reference community for your site and determining appropriate species
Preliminary classification of native, low elevation freshwater wetland vegetation in western Washington
Not available online as pdf. Ask Kern or I to borrow a copy.
KC Native Plant Nursery List
Handy list of native plant nurseries in W.WA
KC Native Plant Salvage Program
Donate your time as a volunteer and get free plants!
Our best local nurseries - ALWAYS call for availability first! Don't send in a 'cold' order and expect to get what you want!
Frosty Hollow Ecological Restoration (seed source)

Judd Creek Nursery

Has extensive native stock, check with John when the others are sold out!

Pilchuck Tree Farm
1624 300th St. NW
Stanwood WA

No website - they grow bare root conifers for re-forestation. Good local genetic stock.

Bioengineering/erosion control

WASHDOT Bioengineering website

Awesome! One stop knowledge base for the subject

Geotextiles/Planting Supplies
Northwest Geosynthetics
Geotextiles & erosion control fabrics

Cenex Co-op Supply, Everett
2100 Hewitt
Everett, WA 98201

(425) 259-5571

Fence posts, fencing, hay bales, etc. No online catalog, just go there!

Steuber Distributing Horticultural Supplies
308 3rd St., Snohomish WA 98290
(360) 568-2626

Stakes, irrigation supplies, tools, geotextiles, drainage supplies, coir, jute, and much more!

Soil amendments
Pacific Topsoils
Compost, bark mulches, custom blended soil amendments
Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel
Sand & gravel - duh!
Woodchips, Cardboard & other free stuff
King County Industrial Materials Exchange
Find amazing free materials - burlap coffee sacks, cardboard, hazelnut shells, woody debris, coffee grounds, etc.
Any Local Arborist/Tree Service - free woodchips
Craig's List
People often advertise free woody debris, woodchips, cardboard, plants, coffee sacks, etc. Click the 'free' link under 'for sale'
Any State Liquor Store - free cardboard
Benchmarking resources

Implementation Procedures for the Habitat Conservation Plan Riparian Forest Restoration Strategy

Washington State Department of Natural Resources'
conceptual resource on riparian restoration in W. WA including measurable targets

Restoration Ecology special issue on Riparian Restoration

Many great articles here in this edition of the journal. Link may only work when you are signed on to a school computer or logged in from home on the UW libraries site

The Evaluation of Wetland and Riparian Restoration Projects

A handy guide from the Alaska state Department of Fish & Game

WSDOT Benchmarks for Woody Vegetation in Wetlands

The table extracted from this document:

Establishing Appropriate Benchmarks for Site
Development by Documenting Successional Characteristics

THIS is what we mean by developing benchmarks for your projects. A MUST read.

Ecological Performance Standards for Wetland Mitigation

NatureServe report to the EPA, 2008

Volunteer management
Restoration techniques

Kern's former star grad student Jeanette Dorner wrote a very thorough guide to restoration practice including this excerpt on planting techniques


Winter Quarter Grading

PLEASE NOTE! For UW Seattle students a final grade will not be posted to your transcripts until you have completed ALL THREE quarters of the capstone series. For autumn & winter quarters you will receive a 'N' grade. This is a placeholder grade that means student performance is satisfactory and the final grade is contingent on completing the course series.

You will be graded as a team based on four assignments; materials estimate, draft work plan, final work plan, and benchmarks. In addition teams will be graded on their overall preparedness for meetings with the instructors. Individually you will be graded on comments on the draft work plan. Each team assignment will be evaluated by the instructors and TA and receive a score reached by consensus. Individual grades for the quarter will be calculated using peer evaluations as outlined on the peer evaluation form in your autumn course packet. The grade distribution is as follows:



Percent of grade

Due date

materials estimate


Jan 15

draft work plan


Jan 29

final work plan


Feb 19

benchmarks 20 Mar 12

meeting preparedness


All quarter


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